We’re more than just open to new ideas: We implement them!
Education is both a science and art, constantly evolving with our understanding of childhood development. At Beth Hillel Elementary, we consistently update our curriculum and methodologies to reflect the latest discoveries and advances in education, psychology and sociology.
Based in part on research conducted at the UCLA Lab School, our academic curriculum includes scientifically researched programs such as Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, Responsive Classroom, and Singapore Math. We were one of the first schools in the Valley to adopt these highly effective programs. More important than their rigorous academic content, these programs teach kids how to think, solve problems, and innovate.
Most of our teachers studied under world-renowned literacy expert, Lucy Calkins at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Our faculty returned equipped with Lucy Calkins’ proven techniques for turning students into both avid readers and authors.
We realize different children have different learning styles: If your child would rather figure out a math problem at a standing desk, or perhaps do their reading on a giant bean bag chair in a quiet corner of the room, that’s what we want them to do. If you’re still discovering what your child’s learning style might be, we want to take the journey with you.
Learning is a process that continues throughout our lives: It’s vital for children to discover it early on as a joyful, empowering and fun process.